I have finished something fabulous. It is one of those patterns that take my breath away and then there is my story.
Do you remember this? It is a picture I fell in love with on Ravelry. It is called Pfeilraupe or Arrow Caterpillar. I had yarn all picked out, Noro Silk Garden Sock before we went to Hawaii. I was ready to start when we got home.
I could just see this gorgeous yarn knit into that fabulous pattern. While we were in Hawaii we visited Yarn and Needlecraft/Strictly Christmas. Remember that story? It was the combination LYS and Christmas store. Adorable! I found this Noro sock yarn.
Now count four shelves down from the top and find the gorgeous rust, brown and copper Noro sock yarn next to the cream skein. All of a sudden I could see the Arrow Caterpillar knit in that wonderful yarn. And I could see my college bestie, Evie, wearing it. As soon as we got home from Hawaii I started. The pattern had been translated from German (I think) and I had a little difficulty following along. Then I found the chart and the whole thing fell into place. I knew exactly what I was supposed to do! I must say it was much easier than I originally thought. OK, here is the big TA-DA!
I think it is fabulous. It was great when I finished knitting but when I steamed it, it came to life. The magic is six button holes that allow you to weave the long end through.
Here it is sans Lydia. I love the vibrant colors of Noro, but then again you knew that. I don't think I have ever knit a pattern that looks so difficult but is so easy. Shorts rows on the left and increases on the right with the simplicity of stitch markers showing you the way. Believe it or not, it would be great travel knitting. Once you get the markers set up and get the hang of the pattern, you really don't have to check the pattern at all just do your short rows based on the markers then increase every fourth marker. That is pretty much it.
There are several ways to wear this but the first picture is my favorite and what made me want to knit this. It feels so good to finish a beautiful project. It just seemed perfect that Evie would get a treasure made out of yarn I bought in Hawaii. I wonder how many more of these I will make. Will it become my Olga Jazzy pleated scarf as far as a "go to," travel project? I don't know about that, I just know I love this and am very proud of the finished product.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.